Cape Horn Trail Loop, Washington

It’s been the summer of gorgeous hikes. I guess all of my summers involve many gorgeous hikes. So that was kind of a pointless sentence to start with. Let’s start over. It’s been another great summer full of gorgeous hikes. The biggest difference being the awesome company and the milder summer weather. And it’s only…

Oregon Garden in Silverton, OR

Ok, I love gardens. Especially large ones with a variety of plants that you know is likely impossible to maintain in your own garden. Every time I travel I try to find out if there is some cool botanical garden to visit. I’ve been living in Oregon for 10 years now and until this year…

Coyote Wall Trail, Washington

I love going on the same hike in different seasons. The hike can look completely different from one season to the next. In the Pacific Northwest, there are so many wildflowers that come in different months that change the environment of the hike. I love that about the change in the seasons and even between…

Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve, Nicaragua

Put me on a boat in the sunshine with a frozen drink and I’m in a serious happy place. This adventure didn’t include the frozen drink, but it was still a pretty great happy place and I saw a lot of nature. Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve is known for it’s eclectic range of birds….

Las Penitas, Nicaragua

Just like most countries, Nicaragua is not the same throughout it’s beautiful land. The landscape changes as you move north and south, east and west and as the land changes so does the general vibe of the culture. In the Northwest part of Nicaragua, just 20 minutes West of Leon, is a small coastal town…

Granada, Nicaragua

Granada is a popular city in Nicaragua with a very Spanish colonial vibe. It is one of the more touristy cities in Nicaragua. A beautiful city with a lot of photo opportunities, gives this city a place on the map. It turned out to be my least favorite city out of the ones we went…

Laguna De Apoyo, Nicaragua

Willy Wonka said it best, “If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it.” Too often I see people walking around looking at their phones instead of looking at all the beautiful things around them, sometimes unfortunately including people that love them. It’s OK to look at your phone and take breaks,…

Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

We organized a tour guide for our trip to¬†Ometepe Island. We needed to catch the 745am ferry, we got there at 735am and felt so good about getting there early. Except, Nicaraguans are punctual and sometimes the ferry leaves early. Who knew? Not us. We were informed we could still make it, but would need…

San Juan Del Sur & Playa Mathilda, Nicaragua

If you ever want to test your comfort zone, go to a foreign country where you don’t know the language. I knew a decent amount to get us all by in Nicaragua, but there were definitely a few moments where I just nodded, acted like I understood and left with a “WTF did they just…

Yarra Valley: Australia Wine Country

Living close to Willamette Valley and having been to Napa/Sonoma Valley, I get very excited about wine countries. I wasn’t too sure what to expect in Australia’s Yarra Valley, but I can now say it is quite gorgeous. The wine results are definitely different than what I have been used to, but a lot of…

Prahran Market

When I go to a new place I like to ask locals things I should check out. There really isn’t a better audience to ask than the locals. I could look at the internet all day, but sometimes the places online are tourist traps. The second day in Australia I asked someone at a cafe…

Melbourne Botanic Gardens: Day 1

The Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne is so big that I had to split up into two days. There are so many plants to look at and many different paths to explore that I would have needed a long full day to get through all of it. I’m sure if you just wanted to walk…